People are complicated, and are often jumbles of contradictions, mixing good and bad elements. The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, the Radio 4 play which created unprecedented feedback and listener-response, was repeated soon after its original transmission and short-listed for the Ted Hughes Award.
Prior to mainstream publication, Armitage published several limited edition pamphlets with small and local poetry presses, all now highly collectible.
His translation of the medieval poem Pearl was published in The follow-up publication, Simon armitage Away also made the Sunday Times best-seller list for non-fiction. Simon armitage the help of local expert Tom Lonsdale and letter-carver Pip Hall, the poems were carved into stones at secluded sites.
His work combines wry colloquialism and humour with frequent poignancy, treating such perennial subjects as death, violence, and lost love with directness and wit.
Another list poem, this — itemising the possessions found on a dead man, each of which tells a story and suggests things about his life. The Universal Home Doctor was also short-listed for the T. Awards and Honours Zoom! In Armitage was named the Millennium Poet and published the one-thousand line poem Killing Time.
It is this bluff, no-nonsense refusal to sentimentalise or even take completely seriously the plight of those who are depressed and suffering that gives the poem its disturbing power. He is a graduate of Portsmouth University, where he studied Geography. His first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!
Infor services to poetry, Armitage was awarded the CBE. This might be described as a latter-day imagist poem, given its use of free verse, its focus on a single moment, its understated style, and its suggestion of something transcendent — not fully revealed — behind a very simple action and event the catching of a cricket ball during a match.
This poem depicts the contrast between our idealistic hopes and plans for the future and the somewhat less perfect reality, which often falls short of our expectations. From andwith letter-carver Pip Hall and landscape designer Tom Lonsdale, Armitage worked on the Stanza Stones project, writing the sequence of poems In Memory of Water, the poems being carved into six stones at various sites along the South Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley, now forming the 45 mile Stanza Stones Trail.
Eliot Prizeboth of which were published in July In he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Until he worked as Probation Officer in Greater Manchester. The poetic script of Black Roses was published in full by Pomona in Throughout his career, Armitage has also continued to work with smaller and specialised poetry presses.
But this is, as Armitage puts it, the sledgehammer taken to crack the nut. Armitage has written for over a dozen television films, and with director Brian Hill pioneered the docu-musical format which lead to such cult films as Drinking for England and Song Birds.
In he released an album of songs co-written with the musician Craig Smith, under the band name The Scaremongers.
But the ten poems below are all well worth reading, we maintain. His writing is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with "an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness.
Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High SchoolLinthwaite and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic ; his first poetry collection was called Human Geography Armitage writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles, and Jerusalem, commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse.
In he wrote Black Roses: Armitage has served as a judge for the Forward Prize, the T. His first novel, Little Green Man, was published by Penguin in Until he worked as a probation officer in Greater Manchester. He was a post-graduate student at the University of Manchester where his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders.
The mystery seventh stone, sited in an unnamed location, has yet to be found. He has lectured on creative writing at the University of Leedsthe University of Iowaand was senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project was hosted by Ilkley Literature Festival.
Along the route he stopped to give poetry readings, often in exchange for donations of money, food or accommodation, despite the rejection of the free life seen in his poem, the Hitcher, and has written a book about his journey, called Walking Home.Pearl: A New Verse Translation [Simon Armitage] on mi-centre.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation From the acclaimed translator of 5/5(3). Mother, any distance greater than a single span / requires a second pair of hands.
/ You come to help me measure windows, pelmets, doors, / the acres of the walls, the prairies of. The best poems by Simon Armitage Since his debut collection, Zoom!, appeared in when he was still in his mid-twenties, Simon Armitage has become one of the most feted, read, and studied contemporary English poets.
His work combines wry colloquialism and humour with frequent poignancy, treating such perennial subjects as death, violence, and lost. 1, Followers, Following, Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Simon Armitage (@simonarmitage_official).
In this striking modern update, set to words by Simon Armitage and music by Matthew Kaner, the children are refugees and the fairytale is a nightmare. Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire, England in He earned a BA from Portsmouth University in geography, and an MS in social work from Manchester University, where he studied the impact of televised violence on young offenders.
He worked as a probation officer for six years before focusing on poetry. Inhe was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry and in he was appointed.Download